Giants, Athletics fans join forces for ‘Unite The Bay’ protest
Jul 25, 2023, 8:26 PM
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While nearly 30,000 fans packed Oracle Park to watch a baseball game between two Bay Area rivals, those in attendance displayed camaraderie on Tuesday night,
As the deal to relocate the Oakland A’s to Las Vegas, Nevada, continues to pick up steam, fans of both Oakland and the San Francisco Giants put on a joint display with a similar message to A’s owner John Fisher, an echo of June 13th’s reverse boycott game at the Coliseum:
Sell the team.
The reverse boycott that took place last month featured a season-high 28,000 fans in attendance at Oakland Coliseum, with most wearing green shirts with big block letters across that read “SELL.”
On Tuesday, the Oakland 68’s–the same group that ordered and prepared thousands of shirts for the reverse boycott–arrived for the Battle of the Bay Series with more shirts to hand out. This time, Giants and A’s fans lined up outside Oracle Park to hand out black “SELL” shirts and cheer cards.
— Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattABC7) July 25, 2023
— Gabriel Hernandez (@gamer_athletics) July 25, 2023
Posters that read “Unite The Bay” were handed out underneath an image of a San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics player shaking hands over the Bay Bridge.
Although the A’s and Giants have been local rivals for over 50 years, even facing off in the 1989 World Series, Tuesday’s showcase made it clear that there is mutual respect between these two fanbases.
Whether it be a “SELL” shirt, cheer cards with chant instructions, or a Unite The Bay poster, tens of thousands of Bay Area baseball fans packed Oracle Park to make it clear that the San Francisco-Oakland community wants the A’s to remain in Northern California.
The Oakland 68’s announced on Tuesday that their next protest will occur on Saturday, August 5th, when the Giants travel across the San Francisco Bay to play a two-game set at the Coliseum.
Here are some sights and sounds from tonight’s joint protest by Athletics and Giants fans:
A’s and Giants fans unite in a fan-organized "Sell the Team" chant at Oracle Park pic.twitter.com/Lw0ZytRlcd
— NBC Sports Bay Area & CA (@NBCSAuthentic) July 26, 2023
— Kirsten Moran-Kellar (@kirstenlizmoran) July 26, 2023
— Gabriel Hernandez (@gamer_athletics) July 26, 2023
— Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattABC7) July 26, 2023
Giants fans join in on “Sell the team!” chants supporting A’s against owner John Fisher’s plan to move the franchise to Las Vegas. pic.twitter.com/SECRhQ6jtM
— Janie McCauley (@JanieMcCAP) July 26, 2023
Upcoming San Francisco Giants Schedule
- Tuesday, July 25th-Wednesday, July 26th – vs. Oakland Athletics
- Friday, July 28th -Sunday, July 30th – vs. Boston Red Sox
- Monday, July 31st-Thursday, August 3rd – vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
- Saturday, August 5th-Sunday, August 6th – @ Oakland Athletics
- Monday, August 7th-Wednesday, August 9th – @ Los Angeles Angels